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24 april, 2007

I'm consistently surprised how variegated yarns work in fair-isle designs.  The contrast is reduced quite a bit, yet the complexity adds depth -- requiring careful management to get the right affect.  My favorite is the tone-on-tone variation of the burnt orange.

Yesterday's swatch was such a bust that I decided to give it the stained glass look ala Ruth and Cara -- much better, don't you think!?

Yarn: Koigu and Rowan's 4-Ply Soft
Needles: US 4
Stitch: Heart Crook
Source: Fancy Feet by Anna Zilboorg, page 58
Techniques: Stranded Knitting, Knitting Ends In, Yarn Dominance

April 24, 2007 | Permalink


Oh my gosh, swatch-love for sure.

Posted by: Angeluna | Apr 24, 2007 11:43:54 PM

I like the unexpected result. I've been thinking of doing a variegated with a navy or black background- there goes another baby sweater.

Posted by: Angie | Apr 25, 2007 8:14:42 AM

Pretty swatch! And just thought I'd
mention that when I taught myself to
do Fair Isle I carried both yarns in
my right hand because I didn't know
how else to do it. Then when I read
your tutorial on "dominant" color, it
really helped. But everyone kept
telling me I HAD to hold the yarn in
two hands...that I was doing it wrong!
Recently I took a class with Nancy
Bush and she MADE everyone in the
class carry two colors in the right
hand! What fun for me! Thanks for the
help. Your tutorials are great.

Posted by: Gina | Apr 25, 2007 10:08:36 AM

this is stunning!

Posted by: Michele | Apr 28, 2007 2:21:12 PM

Your socks made from this pattern is the first project of yours I saw (how long ago was that?). I still love those socks and will get around to making a pair for myself someday :). I really like this swatch, the variegated colors really make it interesting.

Posted by: pennie | Apr 30, 2007 10:17:42 AM

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